Friday, September 28, 2012

colorful friday

What a busy week!!!
We spent our days learning about colors and enjoying Pete the Cat.
And, yes, it was "all good".
Here are some pictures from our science experiment today.

Have a lovely week-end.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

it's all good

it's all good.
really it is.
i tell myself this over and over...and then i have to tell myself again.
it's all good.

I have been working with a delightful bunch of children for the past 4 weeks.
And yes there is a bunch of them!!  This class has 30 children. 
30 beautiful, eager, lovely children.  Children that have made me giggle, inspired me and have E.X.H.A.U.S.T.E.D. me!
30 kindergarteners are certainly a bunch!  The size of the group has made it challenging to do the lunch count, challenging to present lessons, challenging to manage the supplies...
BUT it has been easy to fall in love.  Each of the 30 kids have brought their own stories to our class, tried their best to be big kids and now another challenge.

In order to provide a better program for the children, we are adding a new class.  This new class will allow us to better group our children in kindergarten and first grade.  As we shuffle our classes, our children, ourselves... we see that it will be good- very good.

I will teach a multi-age class of first graders and kindergarteners.  I know that this will provide a wonderful opportunity for learning and am eager to get started.  I will keep some of the k kids and bring in a group of first graders.  Sounds great.  But my challenge will be to say goodbye to some of the children that I have been working with the past 4 weeks. 

These boys and girls are my very first group of kindergarteners.  It will be so hard to say goodbye to the children that will be going to the new kindergarten class.  Already they have made a place for themselves in my heart.

But it's all really is.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mama Got Some New Shoes

So what do my new shoes (cute, huh?) have to do with our literacy lesson this morning!  Well, let me tell you, inspiration is everywhere, even in the Kohl's shoe department!   Because just about everything I need to teach can be related to finding cute shoes...

Today we taked about picking out "just right" books to read.  My goal is for the children to confidently choose books that are interesting, at thier level and serve their purpose for reading.  Choosing "just right" books means we look at:
*PURPOSE- why we are reading
*INTEREST- is this interesting to me?
*COMPREHENSION- can I understand this?
*KNOWLEDGE- what background knowledge do I have for this?

Back to the shoes...I showed several shoes and we had a great discussion about why I would pick each.  Each shoe serves a different purpose, is used for different interests, comes in different sizes.  My husband's work boots would not be a good choice for me to wear out dancing (yeah, I go out dancing often!!), etc.  We related these ideas to our book selections and will come back to this discussion often.  One size does not fit all- THANK GOODNESS!!!